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My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo. Is this true?

My dr told me that ovarian cancer is chronic and will probably keep coming back. Mine was stage 3c, and was surgically removed except for the lymph nodes. Cancer is now back in one lymph node after just five months post chemo.  Is this true?

I'm sorry, yes: What your doctor told you is true. The fact that your ovarian cancer came back five months after chemo means you will need more treatment with different chemotherapy. And it also means your ovarian cancer will probably keep coming back. Don't lose hope. There are many new drugs being developed every day. Ask your doctor about clinical trials. Try http://www.Ovarian.Org. Good health to you! ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What specific type of lymph nodes are most commonly involved in ovarian cancer?

What specific type of lymph nodes are most commonly involved in ovarian cancer?

Uncommon: Ovarian cancer typically does not go to lymph nodes except in a minority of patients where pelvic and para-aortic nodes can be affected. On rare occasions inguinal lymph nodes can be the site of ovarian cancer metastasis. ...Read more

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What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

Many can: Non-hodgkin's lymphoma and hodgkin's lymphoma commonly cause swelling of lymph nodes. But any cancer that spreads to a lymph node can cause swelling of the involved lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013.  Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node.  Is the ca125 jump a lot?  Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Seek medical exam: Your oncologist needs to know about this groin node if you have not yet told him.Since your ca 125 is still in the normal range, i would not draw any conclusions but your doctor needs to examine you and guide you. It is best not to follow your disease with ca125 right now as it will likely have such fluctuatiosns, causing you to be nervous and anxious, yet it does not help in making treatment decis. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Not likely: Ovarian cancer spreads to the pelvic lymph nodes and peritoneum, i.e., the lining of the abdomen. A single enlarged retro-auricular lymph node is not likely to be due to ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

If ovarian cancer suspect and ovary & lymph removed. Is biopsy done during surgery and how long til results? Will lymph biopsy results be done first?

Frozen section,,,: What is done during surgery for this or other operations for malignancy is usually a frozen section, not a biopsy. This is taken so the doctors know if there is tumor or if they got all the tumor if there is one. The results are reported at that time but it is preliminary. The official result comes after surgical dissection and examination and takes 2-3 days. Then the dr. Tells the pt. ...Read more

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Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

Is it fairly rare that ovarian cancer would spread to the anterior cervical lymph nodes?

YES: The spread is usually intra-pelvic and intra-abdominal ..INGUINAL nodes may be involved but spread ABOVE THE DIAPHRAGM is unusual and is usually to the lungs! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3c in 2008. No recurrence other than a para-aortic lymph node....Pet showed suv of 19.8. What doc do I need?

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer stage 3c in 2008.  No recurrence other than a para-aortic lymph node....Pet showed suv of 19.8. What doc do I need?

Gyn oncology: You should see a gyn onc first. Surgery may be appropriate. There may also be a role for chemo which many gyn oncs give their own chemo. A possible alternative to surgery if you choose not to do it may be a newer type of radiation called sbrt. ...Read more

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My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node What is life expectency with Treat?

My mom aged 75 got recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with peritoneal fluid. CT shows no liver or lymph node  What is  life expectency with Treat?

No way to tell: Some of these are super-slow growers and she may have more good years ahead. Her oncologist can look at the pathology report and tell her the chances -- and it's always "percentage odds" rather than life expectancy. ...Read more

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Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Swollen ovary could mean ovarian cancer?

Yes: Enlarged or swelled ovary could be sign of ovarian cancer. Need careful follow-up. If persist need biopsy. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Ovarian Cancer (Definition)

It is a cancer which arises from the ovary. This cancer is typically silent, producing little or no symptoms till it spreads, first into the pelvic area and later into the peritoneal cavity leading to fluid accumulation(ascites) which is often the first symptom. Despite its late presentation, there is a reasonable treatment for it, with some long term survivors even ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more